Restitution, Reparation and Transformat

Jelili Atiku, Museum is a Colonial Master, 2022. Live performance at CCA Lagos for Practicing Freedom, which was conceptualized and curated by Amal Alhaag and Selene Wendt upon the invitation of Goethe-Institut.

Sustaining the Otherwise is a research and artistic project about restitution, reparation and transformation, which will take place in multiple locations in Europe and Africa over the next few years. Sustaining the Otherwise takes an active approach to engaging with the topic of restitution by attempting to dismantle the hierarchical institutional status quo, and focusing on artistic, design, research and spatial practices that activate decoloniality in different sites and multiple temporalities. 

The project offers a space for artists, activists, scholars and writers to be in dialogue and to explore the topic of restitution in relation to both material and immaterial culture. Focusing on artistic practices, the program includes residencies, talks, conferences, publications, performances and exhibitions. As the title suggests, this is a call to imagine the otherwise, to imagine alternatives to the long history of capture and containment by supporting and sustaining artistic practices that undo colonial amnesia by refusing or replacing it with alternatives. 

Sustaining the Otherwise is organized in several stages, and  takes the shape of a multi-locational program developed in collaboration with the following institutions, initiatives and spaces: The Research Center for Material Culture and Metro 54 (Amsterdam), Nordic Black Theatre and The Global Art Project (Oslo), 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning (London), Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford), Afrikadaa and the African Art Book Fair (Paris and Dakar), CCA Lagos and G.A.S. Foundation (Lagos), Lusaka Contemporary Art Centre (Lusaka), Kamene Art Residency (Nairobi) and Afropocene Studio Lab (Kampala), among others.

With generous support from Nordic Culture Fund, Creative Industries Fund NL, Fritt Ord, Arts and Culture Norway, and OCA.